IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER

May 15, 2023

Importunity means persistence in prayer to the point of annoyance. There are things God gives us not because of our relationship with Him (sonship, friendship, etc.) but because we are persistent.

Luke 11:5-8  [5] And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; [6] For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?[8] I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his IMPORTUNITY he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. (KJV)

The reason why most believers do not persist in prayer is that they are praying for themselves but if you are praying for someone and they are depending on you, then you will not give up.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Do not get tired. Refuse to give up!

1 Samuel 3:1 Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

Samuel was born at a time when visions were rare and God needed to draw people to Himself and raise someone who had not been defiled.

1 Samuel 1:2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

It was because of God’s need that He had locked Hannah’s womb from giving birth to stir her up: God wanted to change what was happening in the nation of Israel.

Sometimes we are locked not because it is the devil at work but because we are different from everyone else: God wants to use us to give birth to something special.

1 Samuel 1:11-13 [11] Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

Hannah used to pray but with a wrong heart posture until the day she got the revelation of God’s need; she changed her motive and asked for a child not for herself but for the kingdom and God answered her with a child (Samuel).

1 Samuel 1:20 So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

Israel was in darkness but when Samuel was born, he started hearing God (1 Samuel 3).

Samuel was not birthed in the usual way but as a result of prayer and not casual prayers but persistent prayer.

Do you want to give birth to ‘Samuel’? Get on your knees and remain there until he manifests.

You will not get “Samuels” because you are a friend but because you stayed (persisted).

We give up because we have not caught the heart of God but God is faithful; He cannot fail to give us the things that we need but He only wants us to capture His heart.

Mothers are gateways and the things they give birth to must not be casual but unique and special that will change families, nations, etc.

Happy Mother’s Day!

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.